Over the years, Apple’s way of handling pre-orders for new iOS devices has varied. This year’s plan, as claimed by iMore, is that Apple will begin offering preorders as soon as the media event wraps- customers will be able to preorder the device the same day it is announced.
MacRumors has come out with their own report claiming that pre-orders for the new iPhone may not start until early Friday, September 14th. They have heard that Apple will be increasing their staffing levels in their online sales support team beginning at 6:00AM Eastern time on Friday, and these levels will remain throughout the day, if not longer.
The report wraps up by saying that it is uncertain as to what time the preorders may become available. It could be 6:00AM Eastern or sometime shortly thereafter. If this is indeed the case, and Apple is waiting until Friday to launch preorders, then it would be a safe bet that orders would begin arriving on the following Friday at the earliest.
None of this sounds unreasonable to me. Apple tends to release new products on Fridays, and I can easily see Apple starting preorders this Friday, and the device landing on people’s doorsteps the following Friday.
We’ll keep you posted as to what Apple officially announces tomorrow at their iPhone media event. Check back often for the latest here at iSource.